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GAME founder, Philip Obaji says massive progress is being made in the fight
against illiteracy in Nigeria.
He
was speaking to journalists at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in
Calabar on Sunday, shortly before departing to Lagos where he is expected to
deliver an address at the LEAP Africa Social Innovators Award ceremony taking
place on Monday.
Obaji
said new statistics show that in many areas in the country, particularly those
that have benefited from the presence of the 1 GAME Campaign, school 
enrollment rates have massively improved.
“There’s
good news coming from Gombe. I’ve been informed that in those communities be
worked in, school 
enrollment has increased above 10 percent as compared to last
year. It’s the same in Borno where we are campaigning right now.
“Here
in Cross River State where 
we’ve worked the most, the State Universal Basic
Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman told me the other day that enrollment has
passed the 90 percent mark. You can see that the effort we’ve put in so far is
yielding result. Credit must also go to SUBEB because they’ve put in a lot as
well.
“When
we kicked off our school 
enrollment campaign, we knew we would face an uphill
task particularly in the North-East, but these figures by all standard shows we
are winning this fight,” he said.
Despite
improvement in school 
enrollment in many areas, illiteracy level in the country
is still on a high with more than 10 million children out of school.
The
current Education for All Global Monitoring report ranks Nigeria as one of the
countries with the highest level of illiteracy. The report indicates that the
national literacy rate stands at 54 percent, consisting of 64.8 percent for
females and 73 percent for males.
On
the zonal level, South- South, South –East and South-West had 69 percent
literacy level; North-Central 44 percent, North- West 42 percent and North –
East 33 percent respectively.
The
study further revealed that the North – East had the highest number of
illiterates, followed by the North- West and North-Central respectively.

1 Game started as a campaign against violence in Nigerian stadia and football viewing centers until the organisers decided to take the battle to schools.

It is believed that education is the first step to taking the violence out of young people.

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